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Home Design: Changing The Landscape

This pergola and brick patio was designed and installed by Thornapple Landscape Inc. in Geneva. (Photo provided by Thornapple Landscape Inc.)

Updating your landscape is a great home improvement project, whether you’re a novice or experienced. There are no walls to demolish, no heat vents to work around. Tools can be affordable and low-tech.

And the best part? You get to be outside.

One of the biggest trends in landscaping is the outdoor room. Whether it’s simple patios with freestanding fire pits or a custom outdoor kitchen with grill island, prep area and built-in refrigerator, clients love living outdoors.

“People are looking to be outside and using their yard as another room,” says Kurt Miller, owner of Thornapple Landscape Inc. in Geneva. “Having the kitchen and refrigeration out on the deck or by the pool cuts down on going back and forth.”

Vertical structures such as pergolas built with wood or PVC material also are in demand, says Steve Baier, president of A Natural Choice Shamrock Landscaping in St. Charles and Elburn. “I do quite a few pergolas, which give shade over the patio but still have an open feeling.”

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.